After transforming Black Sheep on 39th Street into Black Sheep Community Kitchen, where he fed the hungry in Kansas City for months, chef-owner Michael Foust reopened his casual dining restaurant to the public in June with a surprise guest in the kitchen.
Chef Rachel Rinas, who previously operated Karbón, a Yucatan and Middle Eastern food stall located inside Parlor in the East Crossroads, has taken over as chef de cuisine at Black Sheep.
The two are collaborating on a weekly menu at Black Sheep, which features a mix of Foust’s signature farm-fresh ingredients and fried comfort food coupled with Rinas’ love of Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisines. A taco is where the two chefs and their culinary styles seem to meet in the middle.
“We’ve really just been trying to utilize what we have on hand and what our local farmers need to move, so the menu is a bit of a black box surprise every week. The tacos have been pretty consistent though. It’s been a fun challenge to work like that and it feels good to know we are not letting anything go to waste,” explains Rinas.
The menu is written on the chalkboard each week with around nine options, not including desserts from local baker Casey Hannan like blackberry crumble, spiced chocolate chess pie and a burnt Basque cheesecake.
Foust developed the fry bread taco for Black Sheep, which has continued to remain the one constant on the new collaborative menu. An order comes with two tacos filled with pulled pork, pinto beans and topped with herbed cotija cheese and pickled melon salsa and pepitas. Try Rinas' latest special, a pair of pan-fried Buttonwood Farms chicken drumsticks with sweet onion and poblano soubise, roasted carrotd and corbaci peppers and wild arugula schug.
Both Foust and Rinas have a passion for fresh, seasonal produce and know their way around a vegetable, so Black Sheep also offers plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.
Tweaks are made to the menu throughout the week as new products come in and things sell out, so a side of flexibility will allow you to just relax and enjoy whatever is on the menu.
Black Sheep also offers a list of bottled cocktails available to-go, with a fan favorite being the Dog Eat Dogwood Cherry Limeade featuring vodka, dogwood cherry simple syrup, fresh lime juice and bubbles.
Call to place your carryout order or reserve dine-in service on a spectacular rooftop patio seating with views of 39th Street and Kansas University Medical Center. Limited walk-ins are available.
Black Sheep is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11pm.
Black Sheep, 1815 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.541.3929, blacksheepkcmo.com